Review: PERFECT RUIN by Lauren DeStefano

Perfect Ruin 
Lauren DeStefano
356 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

Morgan Stockhour is your average human on Internment. With a brother who happens to be a Jumper. But Morgan is smart, and sticks to her daily routine, staying under the radar and not calling unwanted attention upon her. But when a murder, the first in generations rocks her floating island, she knows something is wrong. One after the other, tragic incidents are taking place over Internment, and when Morgan begins to question the King’s rule, she finds something she never would have suspected.

PERFECT RUIN is amazing. How shall I put it? I mean, Internment is a floating island in the clouds! *takes deep breath* Anyway, PERFECT RUIN is different from anything else I’ve ever read, and once I hit the middle, I couldn’t put it down.

I will say that the beginning was rather slow and had me doubting that Lauren DeStefano could actually pull me under, but when she did, she—and PERFECT RUIN—never let me go.

The world-building was amazing, I love where it takes place and why it takes place there. Lauren DeStefano manages to weave in the background and origin of Internment without making the story choppy and difficult to understand.

I loved Morgan, she was an interesting character that I could relate to. Basil was an amazing male protagonist, and I loved how kind and sweet he was, although there were times when I wished he was more… mentally strong. Pen was the perfect best friend, but sometimes she managed to frustrate me enough to wonder why Morgan was even her friend.

And although the US cover for this lovely book isn’t horrible, I have to admit the UK cover is cooler, what with the floating city and all.

You know what I hate? When authors oh-so sneakily finish the book perfectly and at the same time leave you hanging. And now I have to wait a whole year for BURNING KINGDOMS. My life in unfair.

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    November 15, 2013

    I adored this one! It was slow in building up but the writing was always gorgeous enough to be able to enjoy it!

    I have to say I prefer the US cover, it has more of a fairy tale look to it!

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    November 15, 2013

    I loved this book, and yeah I have to admit the beginning was rather boring. Thanks for the honest review!

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    Marie Landry

    November 15, 2013

    FINALLY someone who loved this book! I adored it but everyone else seems to be really meh about it. The world building really was amazing and I loved Morgan and Basil and Pen too. So glad you liked it! :-D

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    November 15, 2013

    I loved this book so much! I was lucky enough to get an ARC, and COMPLETELY surprised when it showed up at a my door! LOL! I am chomping at the bit for Burning Kingdoms for sure! I can’t wait! I loved this book more than the Chemical Garden series.

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    Jayd @ booksfoodandotherthings

    November 20, 2013

    Ahhh I can’t wait untl I finally get my hands on this book! Every review I’ve seen so far has loved it, and it just sounds SO GOOD. I recently finished Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series and I loved that, so I’m super excited for this! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it!
    I might hang on buying this one until it’s closer to the release of Burning Kingdoms – double the fun, then!